Tips And Tricks To Make Sure You Find A Dentist That’s Being Authentic
According to the American Dental Association, 52.3% of adults reported that they had visited the dentist every six months the last few year, 15.4% reported once per year, and 11.0% reported once every two to three years. More than one in five (21.3%) said that they had not visited the dentist in the last few years. The majority of the reason that people don’t do so is due to price. What people fail to recognize is that a dentist’s role is not cosmetic, but an essential component of a proper health regimen. Equally important is finding the proper fit for a dentist. Why this can vary, authenticity is one component to a dentist that you can’t miss. Wondering why? Read on.
What Makes An Authentic Dentist?
Finding an authentic dentist is not as simple a question as “bad” vs “good.” The vast majority of dentists out there are perfectly competent, and what the main issue is finding the proper fit. The reason that authenticity is so important is that it will guide the information presented to you that helps you make an informed decision.
Perhaps the easy way to find whether your prospective dentist is a good match is to check their reputation. The good news is that thanks to platforms like Yelp, Angie’s List, and more, it’s easier than ever to find real opinions on people who have worked with the dentist you are thinking about. Sometimes, you need to filter valid complaints from other concerns, but other than that, these are a great option if you don’t know someone who’s seen the dentist in question firsthand.
Another thing to keep in mind is the style of dentistry you are looking for, which may vary depending on your own lifestyle. Some people generally have healthy teeth and practice good oral hygiene, but are also very busy. They may be best suited for a dentist that does a lot of volume but also has a lot of resources. Sometimes you just need to get in, make sure that everything is good, and get out. Other people, especially those with oral health issues already, may feel more comfortable with a smaller practice that gives off a vibe of being like family. There is no right or wrong choice, but what you need to be sure is that each dentist is representing themselves properly. No one wants a business that is trying to advertise themselves as something they are not, even if they are perfectly competent otherwise.
Finding The Right Dentist
As we mentioned before, online reviews along with friends and family are going to be the best initial way to get a proper impression on a potential dentist. However, sometimes, you need to go further.
The first option, in this case, is likely to be the dentist website’s itself. A site showing photos of dentists along with important information is always going to be a valuable resource, but there are plenty of other visual aspects you may want to look at. Are there any shots of the office? How about the staff? Are there a lot of stock images or actual images on the site? To be fair, for budgetary reasons, every dentist may not put forward a top-of-the-line website (whether or not this is a good decision is a topic for another article). With this said, like if you were seeking out any services, you’re going to want to read between the lines of certain things as well as what is presented directly to you. Remember, it’s not often as simple a question of a “good” or “bad” dentist, but one that fits your need and is authentic in doing so.
If you want to go a bit further, you can do an interview of sorts with the dentist over the phone or in person. In this case, you will need to think of appropriate questions beforehand, such as the services they offer, hours, price, and other things that will impact your decision. This can be a nice way to fill in the blanks after some of the other steps mentioned here.
A dentist’s role is more than just making your teeth clean. As the people in charge of handling your oral health, they play a major role in your quality of life, not to mention the fact that oral health issues can also be related to or indicators for other health conditions. However, especially if you are bringing special needs to the table, you will need to find the right fit. One of the most important qualities across the board, though, is being authentic. Always keep this in the back of your head during your search.